CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with Hockey Manitoba, announced on Wednesday that the City
of Winnipeg will play host to the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in both 20, the first time in
the tournament’s history it will be played in the same location in consecutive years.
Preliminary-round games will be played at the True North Hockey Canada MoosePlex, a new multi-plex
facility currently under construction in Winnipeg, with the semifinals and medal games scheduled for the MTS
Centre, home of the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose. The 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will
take place from to . Dates for the 2012 event will be announced at a later
Ticket information for the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be released in early 2010.
“The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, as the first step of the Program of Excellence, is one of Hockey
Canada’s most important events,” says Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. “With the success
Winnipeg has had in hosting previous events, we have no doubt they will do a first-class job in hosting the
World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 20.”
“Manitoba is extremely pleased to play host to some of the best young hockey players in the world,” said
Premier Greg Selinger. “We know this event will be a huge boost to the provincial economy, and that all
Manitobans will be impressed with the caliber of the talented young players.”
"The City of Winnipeg has a great reputation hosting major events and we are ready to welcome
the World Under 17 Hockey Challenges to the heart of the continent," said Mayor Sam Katz. “We are
proud to be a partner in making this event a reality and I know all Winnipeggers are looking forward to
seeing the stars of tomorrow on the ice right here in Winnipeg.”
“True North Sports & Entertainment, the Manitoba Moose and MTS Centre are pleased to once again join
forces with Hockey Canada to bring some of the world’s best young hockey players to the City of Winnipeg and
the Province of Manitoba,” said Jim Ludlow, president and CEO of True North Sports & Entertainment. “The
World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be the perfect opportunity to showcase our new True North Mooseplex to a
world audience and at the same time once again prove Winnipeg is one of this country’s premier hockey
The City of Winnipeg has been host to a number of past events, including the 1999 IIHF World Junior
Championship and 2007 IIHF World Women’s Championship. In addition, the city played host to the 1992
Centennial Cup (now RBC Cup), Canada’s National Junior A Championship, 1979 Air Canada Cup (now TELUS Cup),
Canada’s National Midget Championship, and 13 times hosted the final series of the Allan Cup, Canada’s
National Senior Championship, the last coming in 1968.
The 20 World Under-17 Hockey Challenges will be the second and third times the tournament has
come to Manitoba – Selkirk and Stonewall co-hosted the event in 2002.
The under-17 program is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. Many players who compete
at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge go on to represent Canada with the National Men’s Under-18 Team,
National Junior Team and National Men’s Team.
The 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is scheduled for to in Timmins,
Ont. Ontario will look to become the first team in the tournament’s history to win three-consecutive gold
medals. For more information, visit http://hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/National-Championships/Men/World-U17.aspx.